WA.) – The Washington State
Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) says
starting Monday it’ll take you a little longer to get to where
you want to go in western Washington, depending upon where you live
and where your normal commute route is.
with a stretch of State Route 9 in Skagit County on Monday,
crews will add a new protective highway surface to nines
stretches of seven highways in
Island, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.
contractor crews from Granite Construction did pavement
repair and crack sealing work
earlier this year and now that the weather is hotter, they are headed
back to the
highways to add a new top layer of coated gravel and oil to the road.
Work crews need hot temperatures for these
materials to combine, so all resurfacing work will happen during
weekday daytime hours. Drivers should expect significant
delays – even 45 minutes or more during peak travel times –
behind the moving work zone.
and a pilot car will alternate travelers through the area.
will occur in the following locations:
a more detailed look at the work areas on each highway, visit
the northwest Washington resurfacing
will work on one section of highway at a time. Updated schedules and
work zone location information are available:
work will affect anyone who drives, cycles or walks along these
stretches of highway.
to limit delays
Avoid non-essential trips during working hours.
Consider carpooling or using public transportation
through the work zone.
Leave plenty of additional travel time.
riders should consider alternate routes to avoid overheating.
Whenever possible, crews leave the shoulder space as-is to keep the
ride smoother for bicyclists, but using alternate routes may also be
a good option during the work.
the application of the new surface, crews will come in and sweep the
area overnight. They will come back and apply new striping once the
surface has fully cured.
seven-highway project is estimated to cost $10 million dollars.
Resurfacing preserves the highways to help prevent costly emergency
repairs in between full re-paving projects.